88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
It's a popcorn-movie deluxe.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A first-rate, slam-bang action thriller with a lot of style and no little humor.
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75

San Francisco Examiner

By Barbara Shulgasser
Bay has two great assets in Connery and Cage. The special effects give The Rock a James Bondian feel so Connery's wry, world-weary devil-may-careishness looks right at home here.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
A raucous, in-your-face, commando-style action thriller that makes provocative use of Alcatraz as a lunatic's lair and San Francisco as a sitting duck.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Although not as expertly-crafted as "Die Hard" or "Speed," The Rock is exhausting in its own right -- and that's just one of several convincing reasons to see this film.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage inject tasty bits of personality into their roles.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
The Rock is just typical big American dumb fun.
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50

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Buried under an avalanche of action. (1996 June 7, pg. D1)
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40

TV Guide

It's an action junkie's angry fix -- 130 minutes of sound and fury, signifying nothing but big bucks and boundless contempt for viewer intelligence.
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25

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Can a mild-mannered toxicologist and an eccentric Alcatraz veteran stop him before it's too late? Learning the answer means sitting through more than two hours of violence, vulgarity, and all-around excess, served up with high-tech trimmings by director Michael Bay.
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59 out of 100
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Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.